Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world

July 21, 2017 / 0 comments

“The annual January gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos is usually a placid affair: a place for well-heeled participants to exchange notes on global business opportunities, or powder conditions on the local ski slopes, while cradling champagne and canapes. This January, the ultra-rich and the sparkling wine returned, but by all reports the mood was…

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Huxley’s letter to Orwell

May 11, 2017 / 0 comments

“In 1949, George Orwell received a curious letter from his former high school French teacher. Orwell had just published his groundbreaking book Nineteen Eighty-Four, which received glowing reviews from just about every corner of the English-speaking world. His French teacher, as it happens, was none other than Aldous Huxley who taught at Eton for a…

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George Orwell: Pacifism and the War

May 11, 2017 / 0 comments

About a year ago I and a number of others were engaged in broadcasting literary programmes to India, and among other things we broadcast a good deal of verse by contemporary and near-contemporary English writers — for example, Eliot, Herbert Read, Auden, Spender, Dylan Thomas, Henry Treece, Alex Comfort, Robert Bridges, Edmund Blunden, D. H….

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Nashtifan Windmills

May 10, 2017 / 0 comments

In the village of Nashtifan in northeastern Iran, Mohammad Etebari serves as the last keeper of an ancient tradition. Now elderly, Etebari has dedicated his life to keeping the town’s few dozen historic windmills turning. LINK: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/nashtifan-iran-windmills/

SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK – WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A REVOLUTIONARY TODAY?

March 6, 2016 / 0 comments

Slavoj Žižek (Slovene pronunciation: [ˈslavoj ˈʒiʒɛk] ( listen); born 21 March 1949) is aSlovenian psychoanalytic philosopher, cultural critic, and a Marxist scholar. He is a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University,[1] and international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the…

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TARIQ ALI ON THE EXTREME CENTRE

March 6, 2016 / 0 comments

Tariq Ali gives a lecture at SOAS University (London) on the centrist tendencies of political parties in Europe and the United Kingdom.

3D WALKTHROUGH OF ANCIENT ROME

February 29, 2016 / 0 comments

It’s impossible for anyone to see what Ancient Rome looked like in all of its splendor, since we’ve failed to invent a time machine. But the above video, which shows a 3-D rendering of Rome in 320 AD, is about as close as we can get. The video was created by Rome Reborn, an academic…

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FILM ANALYSIS: ONLINE VIDEO ESSAY LINKS AND SITES

February 28, 2016 / 0 comments

Video Essay Channels on YouTube: Every Frame a Painting Every Frame a Painting is dedicated to the analysis of film form and is the most popular video essayist on the Internet. Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement Nerdwriter1 This channel isn’t just movies, but his “Understanding Art” videos on movies are absolutely brilliant. If I need…

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GRAPHS AND QUOTES FROM THE BIG RETHINK

February 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Part 2: Farewell to modernism − and modernity too Here she contrasts three paradigms − or as she prefers, ‘cultural ecologies’ − Modernity, Deconstructionist Postmodernism (the transitory, hyper-relativist mode of thought usually referred to as Postmodernism) and Ecological Postmodernism, which she implies is the emerging long-term successor to modernity. Her vision of Ecological Postmodernism is…

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INTERACTIVE BOSCH: GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS

February 12, 2016 / 0 comments

Teaching art history online can be tough, despite a wealth of tools and technologies it’s difficult to create an environment that compares to a great teacher who can make artworks engaging to a live audience. However, this new interactive exhibit of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous Garden of Earthly Delights completely nails it. This is the internet…

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